PCA 2015: Lox and bagel propel Walter Fisher to Day 3 lead
There is a school of thought that teaches you to begin your day as you want to end it. Want to feel strong when you go to bed? Wake up with a good work out. That's what Tito Ortiz, Liv Boeree and a few others did this morning here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
No surprise, perhaps, that Boeree came punching hard into Day 2 and looks good to make the money tomorrow in Day 3 of the 2015 PCA Main Event. This is no small accomplishment, because a min-cash is worth more than $17,000 and the winner will bank nearly $1.5 million.
Walter Fisher was on a diet when he woke up, but he knew he needed strength. Enter the breakfast of champions: lox and a bagel.
"I actually broke my diet and had lox and a bagel!" he said. "I'm going to have to have the same thing tomorrow."
Fisher just bagged up 497,000 and will go to dinner and bed as the chip leader.
We haven't had an opportunity to check in on the breakfasts of the remaining 180+ players left in the Main Event, but we're just going to assume they knew what they were doing. Among the bigger stacks we found Hugh Drummond (456,800), Juan Pastor (446,000), Adam Reynolds (378,500), and Pratyush Buddiga (357,900).
Not to be outdone by Boeree and her Tito workout, several members of Team Pro looked strong to end the day.
Naoya Kihara -- 301,800
Daniel Negreanu -- 295,600
Liv Boeree -- 247,100
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier -- 212,400
Andre Akkari -- 161,100
Mickey Petersen -- 103,800
George Lind -- 93,200
Leo Margets -- 91,300
Jonathan Duhamel -- 77,700
Alex "Kanu7" Millar -- 57,700
Jason Mercier -- 49,000
While Ortiz was out punching on the beach this morning, his fellow sporting legends made it into Day 2. It was a sub-par day for golfer Sergio Garcia, but Brazil's Ronaldo continued to prove he has a life after football and finished the day on 146,000.
If beginning as you want to end is a good creed, then everyone should look in the direction of Nenad Medic. He began his Caribbean adventures in 2005, the very first year Atlantis hosted the tournament. He made the final table. He's been back every year since and has made Day 3 this time.
For those still in, it may seem like this isn't real life at all. And for some folks, it's not anymore.
Apparently not everyone started their day right. To wit, you might recall bad boy Roger Teska, the 2014 super-drinky super-villain of the PCA. This year, he was the last person to register for the Main Event and was one of the first people eliminated on Day 2.
While we can't comment on how the rest of these folks started their day, we know they are finishing it with a lot of free time tomorrow. Team Pros Jake Cody, Eugene Katchalov, Chris Moneymaker, George Danzer, Christian de Leon, and Vanessa Selbst all went bust. So did SportStar Fatima Moreira De Melo and Team Online's Mikhail Shalamov, Andre Coimbra, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Isaac Haxton, Randy Lew, and Roy Bhasin.
So, now we reach the point at which the field will soon fit within a few tables. When we finish Sunday night, the Main Event will look like a side event...just one with a really big prize pool.
Want some light reading while you're waiting on play to resume? May we suggest the folllowing?
Also, don't forget to check out the EPT's announcement of two stops for the upcoming Season 12.
That really should be enough, shouldn't it? Sure it is.
With that, we bid you a goodnight and a Tito Ortiz-syle day tomorrow. Make sure to eat your Wheaties. Or, you know, lox and a bagel.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging